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‘Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr Review’ – Journey Into A New Land

Adventurers and purveyors of the MMO universe, I welcome you back to yet another chapter in the Elder Scrolls Online content line, welcome to Elsweyr. I have been adventuring in this new zone for a little bit of time now and wanted to reflect on my journey thus far. I will tell you now I have not yet been able to experience the higher-level content, but am thoroughly enjoying the content that I have been able to access so far. There are a few things that I have to leave out, like the main storyline (which is great so far, as with the Elder Scrolls storytelling).

As with every new chapter in the Elder Scrolls Online journey, players can start a new character in the new zone right away. Elsweyr is the home of the cat-like Khajiit race. My first experience in the zone led to down the path to the main questline, which heavily has to do with dragons, and who doesn’t like dragons. Dragons hold a special place in the history of The Elder Scrolls. They are revered as intelligent beings of destructive force rather than being mindless death machines. As I’ve said before, I can’t go into what exactly happens in the main questline, but so far it is pretty good. The newest chapter also adds Dragon Hunts, which pits you can other players together in taking down one of these dangerous creatures.

            For me, the best part of every MMO is choosing a class and having diverse classes to choose from is a big draw for a game like this. Elsweyr is adding a new class to the game in the form of the Necromancer. This dark magic has been present in the Elder Scrolls franchise since the very beginning, but you have only been able to harness it in a smaller capacity. Being able to have full control over this type of magic in the Elder Scrolls universe is something I have been waiting for. As with most classes, the way you build the class will change the role that you play in the game. The three trees that the Necromancer has access to are Living Death, Bone Tyrant, and Grave Lord.

            Living Death allows you to become a support for your allies by drawing on the powers of life and death to replenish those around you. Bone Tyrant acts just like it sounds, you use the bones of the dead to your advantage. This acts as more as a tank specialization, creating bone shields and even granting you the ability to eventually transform into a dreaded Bone Colossus which will look different depending on the race you’re playing as. Grave Lord acts more of a DPS focused specialization, allowing you to imbue the undead with different elements to wreak havoc on your foes. Something that ESO does really well is a allow the players to build how they want to play. There are so many options on how to mix and match different skills with each other that sometimes no two classes could be the same. The necromancer has quickly become one of my favorite classes in the game thus far.

            With each expansion, the team behind Elder Scrolls Online always finds a way to create interesting locales for the players to visit. To date, Elsweyr has provided some of the best-looking visuals in the game. Some of the new delves are absolutely gorgeous and the overworld looks just as great. Level scaling allows players to jump right into the newest expansion whether they are new to the game or creating a new character on a veteran account. Due to my excess of MMO’s that I invest time into, I have yet to find a core group of players for ESO to access the higher-level content. From what I can tell it looks like a lot of fun, as the team puts great focus on a lot of the endgame content within ESO.                

Overall, Elsweyr is a welcome addition to the already great game that is Elder Scrolls Online. In my opinion, the game is in the best shape that it has been in, in years. I don’t see this machine stopping anytime soon, especially if they keep rolling out content like this. The addition of the new Necromancer class brings a fresh way to approach the content with a versatile skill set and great aesthetics. The land of Elsweyr brings us a proper story for the Khajit race and gives the players more insight into their history and lifestyle. Dragons. Really though, Dragons bring a whole new level of challenge into the game, bringing these hulking lizards to life in world battles that will challenge even the toughest of players. The story in Elsweyr is great and worth following, which leaves me wanting more from the team. If you are an MMO fan new to the game or a veteran of the series, you definitely need to check out Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr!

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'Elder Scrolls Online: Elsweyr' Review Summary

Story - 8.5
Gameplay - 9
Graphics - 9
Sound - 9
Entertainment Value - 8.5

8.8

BUY

Whether you are a veteran of the series or just starting out in this world, Elsweyr is a great addition. New features like the dragon battles and the Necromancer class bring a new level of diversity. Small things hold this title back but the good overshadow the bad here, pick this expansion up.

Tags : Bethesda SoftworksElder Scrolls Online ElsweyrZenimax Online Studios
Randy Ladyka

The author Randy Ladyka

Practically born with a controller in hand, Randy Ladyka is a self-proclaimed Video Game Connoisseur. Aside from fully investing himself in all things nerd, he’s currently raising three little boys and attempting to convince his wife to play anything with him. He spends 90% of his free time reading, researching and playing games and recording your next favorite gaming video. The other 10% is spent sleeping and eating, though not simultaneously.